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Field Services Officer I-Full Time
A Field Services Officer enforces appropriate local and state laws and ordinances concerning but not limited to the care and treatment, vicious and dangerous dogs, running –at-large, barking, kenneling, licensing and impounding of animals. The officer conducts investigations and inspections, issues citations and warnings, and records daily activities. He or she educates the public about relevant animal regulations and humane animal care. The officer prepares, presents and participates in cases for hearings and/or court appearances as necessary. The position requires receiving calls from the public concerning alleged animal control and/or cruelty violations, rescues, animal pick-up, bite investigations, etc. The officer also performs the functions of dispatching officers, maintains records and submits reports.
The Duties and Responsibilities of the FSO include but are not limited to:
- Routinely patrols designated areas enforcing local and state animal laws and ordinances. Responds to dispatched calls in priority order and determines appropriate action.
- Apprehends and confines stray, injured, and nuisance domestic and wild animals in the most safe, humane and approved manner possible. Administers emergency first aid. Euthanizes animals if necessary and permitted. Transports animals to sheltering facility and/or veterinary clinic. Prepares animals for rabies testing. Disposes of dead animals.
- Educates the public while in the field, regarding responsible pet ownership and animal laws and ordinances.
- Performs the duties and responsibilities of dispatcher on a rotational basis as assigned.
- Arbitrates disputes if possible. Issues warnings, citations and arrest warrants when necessary. Appears for scheduled court dates, hearing dates and testifies regarding civil infractions, custody hearings and cruelty charges. Coordinates efforts with other community professionals such as police officers, court officials and veterinarians.
- Conducts general investigations of animal related problems such as barking dog complaints, livestock kills and possible cruelty Prepares written investigative reports that may be introduced as legal court evidence.
- Assists in shelter cleaning and maintenance, euthanization and the care of impounded animals when Inspects, performs vehicle maintenance related task as necessary and cleans department vehicle and equipment daily and reports problems.
- Assists callers with information regarding situations such as nuisance or trapped animals and answers questions about animal control policies and laws.
- Responds to night emergency call on a rotating basis; assists fellow officers as requested and/or necessary; works overtime as requested and/or to complete regular duties.
- Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals.
- Operates a computer and other common office equipment necessary to complete the duties assigned.
- Operates issued animal capture, restraint and transport equipment necessary to complete the duties assigned.
- Transports shelter animals to appropriate veterinarian hospital, participates in public events as directed, and communicates well with employees, public and administrative staff.
- Performs general clerical tasks, provides backup coverage to other officers and dispatch as needed, participates in meetings and special assignments as directed.
- Other duties, tasks, assignments and/or responsibilities as assigned.
- Demonstrated animal health and well-being knowledge, skills and abilities to include: care of wild and domestic animals, knowledge of animal and zoonotic diseases, skill in performing euthanasia, ability to determine breeds and species, sex and age.
- Basic knowledge of law enforcement techniques, principals and practices. Ability to learn local and state animal laws and court Ability to recognize signs of animal neglect, abuse and cruelty.
- Ability to learn euthanasia methods and techniques; humane animal capture and humane restraint methods and the ability to interpret animal body language.
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other community professionals.
- Ability to effectively communicate with animal owners, other citizens, prosecutors, attorneys, in public events, at hearings, etc.
- Must be at least 21 years of age, posses high school diploma or GED, valid driving license with clean record and be able to successfully pass a criminal background evaluation.
- Ability to lift 50 – 100 pounds, work with all species, and have the physical ability to climb & maintain balance, stoop, crawl, jump, crouch, and reach over your head.
- Ability to attend job related training and satisfactorily complete such training.
- Demonstrates adequate communication skills, both oral and written through all means and equipment relevant to the job and assignments.
- Ability to operate and control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools and/or materials relevant to the job duties.
- Ability to work in environments with possible exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, traffic hazards, pathogenic substances, animal attacks or animal bites.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and task satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EMPLOYMENT DISCLAIMER: This job description is not a contract – management reserves the right to change its contents at any time. This organization complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. This organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Humane Society of Washington County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a 501 © (3) non-profit. We are not a county agency and have no county employees.
The HSWC is a tobacco free facility.
The HSWC complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. The HSWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.